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Koots Blues News - May 2018

WELCOME to our first issue of the Koots Blues News E-Newsletter!  We'll keep you informed of the latest about the KBS, upcoming blues music related events and let you know how you can get involved.

KBS Mission Statement

The Kootenay Blues Society is a registered, non profit society based in Nelson, BC. Our mission is to preserve blues music, its culture, heritage and tradition within the East and West Kootenay by promoting local and regional blues artists and exposing Kootenay audiences to local, national and international blues performers.

Interim Board of Directors

Frank Brooke (President), Judy Brown (Vice-President), Richard Metzner (Treasurer), Stelio Calagias (Secretary), Gerald Beaudry, Mike Bennett, Jon Burden, Steve Fountain, Rob MacPherson, Dan Obradovic, Steven Wasilenkoff, and Phil Wilson-Birks.

Kootenay Blues History

The Kootenay’s have had a colourful blues history and many legendary blues musicians have graced Kootenay stages over the years. Artists as diverse as Willie Dixon and The Chicago All Stars, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robillard, Downchild Blues Band, James Cotton, John Mayall, BB King, Sonny Rhodes and The Golden State Lone Star Revue have all appeared in both East and West Kootenay venues. The Kootenay’s has a long running, blues music program on Kootenay Coop Radio CJLY FM in Nelson. Make Room For The Blues (with host Richard Metzner), which airs every Friday from 7 – 9pm and again on Saturday’s between 12 and 2pm.

The KBS supported The Terry Hancks show in Nelson in September of 2017 and most recently, along with Kootenay Coop Radio, presented the 5th annual Blues, Brews and BBQ. This successful event saw stellar performances by David Vest and his All Star Band as well as local acts, Flaming Aardvark Trio and The Clinton Swanson R&B Revue.

We plan on bringing more great blues acts to the area, eventually becoming involved in educating younger generations by bringing blues to the schools and offering local blues musicians a chance to become involved in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in affiliation with The Blues Foundation.

Upcoming Events


Sat, May 26th at Finley’s in Nelson

7:00 pm

Come down and hear some great local music and support the Kootenay Blues Society.  $15 in advance or at the door

Featuring performances by:

Flaming Aardvark Trio, Jon Burden Band and Friends, White Lightning Blues Band, Baker Street Blues



Blues Hall Of Fame recipient from California (three shows):

Thur, July 19

The Flying Steamshovel, Rossland

Fri, July 20

Balfour Beach Inn, Balfour

Sat, July 21

Finley’s, Nelson



Juno nominee and Billboard top selling artist, from Ottawa

His band includes Laura Greenberg, who won the 2017 Maple Blues Award for bassist of the year

Thurs, Oct 25

The Flying Steamshovel


Fri, Oct. 26

Finley’s, Nelson

We are also working on confirming two legendary California musicians, Alabama Mike and Country Pete McGill for the fall.  

KBS T-Shirts

Another exciting development is the first edition Kootenay Blues Society T shirts, which will be available shortly for purchase on the website and at upcoming shows. We have also just been enthusiastically invited by the Inland Empire Blues Society to become part of the Blues Festival loop in the Pacific Northwest. So you can expect to see a blues festival in the Nelson area in the future.

Live Music Listings

Email us at with Date, Start time, location and address to get your live music event listed on our website, and in an upcoming newsletter. Or click here==>Submit Your Event

Fri, May 11

  • Baker Street Blues:  7:30pm  Kokanee Pub (123 9 Ave S, Creston)
  • Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden:  7:30 PM  Finley’s  (705 Vernon St, Nelson)

Sun, May 13

  • Mothers Day Brunch w Blues Brothers-In-Law:  10am-1pm  The West Coast Grill (701 Lakeside drive, Nelson)

Fri, May 18

  • Baker Street Blues: 8pm  Bluebelle Bistro (347 Front St. Kaslo)

Sat, May 26

  • KBS Fundraiser: 7pm Finley's (705 Vernon St. Nelson)

Tues, May 29

  • MonkeyJunk with Jon Burden Band: 7pm Spirit Bar (422 Vernon St. Nelson)

Fri, June 1

  • Baker Street Blues: 8pm Arlington ( 975 Spokane St. Trail)

Fri, June 8

  • Lazy Poker Blues Band: 7:30 pm Finley's (705 Vernon St. Nelson)

Sun, July 1

  • Holly Hyatt and Jon Burden: 8pm Silverton Gallery(Hwy 6 Silverton)

Sat, July 7            

  • Clinton Swanson and Friends: 7:30pm Silverton Memorial Hall (Hwy 6 Silverton)

For more upcoming live blues in the Koots check the KBS website events page


Get Involved

There are lots of ways you can get involved with the Kootenay Blues Society:

And be sure to forward this email to your Blues Lovin' Friends in the Kootenays!

Proud supporters of KBS are The Flying Steamshovel in Rossland, The Balfour Beach Inn in Balfour, Finley’s Bar and Grille, Front Street Dance Studio and Kootenay Coop Radio in Nelson.